Liberal Democrats

Jeremy Corbyn’s no-deal plan is unusually smart politics

16 August 2019 18:54

On the surface, Jeremy Corbyn’s pitch to become caretaker prime minister of a government of national unity after overthrowing Boris…

Corbynistas in a spin over Lib Dem by-election win

3 August 2019 9:30

As the Liberal Democrats celebrate their win in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, other parties are licking their wounds. The…

Jo Swinson sets her sights on Boris in Lib Dem victory speech

22 July 2019 17:39

Jo Swinson has been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats. Succeeding Sir Vince Cable in the role,…

The Lib Dems could soon become important power brokers: here’s what they want

20 July 2019 12:22

An old joke among political journalists is that you know a writer has run out of topics when they start…

Lib Dems to Independent Group: please be our friends

20 February 2019 11:55

In a parallel universe, the MPs who’ve left the Labour and Conservative parties this week would be joining the existing…

Vince Cable tries to solve the Lib Dems’ existential crisis

7 September 2018 16:47

Vince Cable’s announcements about shaking up the Liberal Democrats don’t exactly inspire confidence in the party as an energetic force…

Vince Cable’s big Brexit stunt backfires

22 March 2018 17:24

Oh dear. With Theresa May in Brussels today for the EU Council summit, Remain campaigners have been keen to do…

Vince Cable asks: what’s the point of PMQs?

22 February 2018 16:18

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn's unenlightening exchanges have put off the Lib Dem leader

Vince Cable’s leadership dilemma

28 December 2017 17:04

Although Christmas is supposed to mean peace on earth and goodwill to all men, this goodwill appears not to extend to…

Sarah Olney causes a stir at Lib Dem HQ

21 November 2017 13:10

Oh dear. Trouble is brewing at Lib Dem HQ over Sarah Olney. After losing her seat by 45 votes in…

Is my euroscepticism partly down to a delayed teenage rebellion?

23 September 2017 9:30

On Tuesday, for the first — and undoubtedly last — time in my life, I found myself mounting the platform…

Vince Cable’s conference speech, full text

19 September 2017 15:42

It is with a real sense of pride that I stand before you as leader of the Liberal Democrats. First…

Tim Farron goes rogue

26 July 2017 14:25

Last week, Sir Vince Cable was appointed – unchallenged – as leader of the Liberal Democrats. While some in the party…

Vince Cable pitches the Lib Dems as the only force in the centre ground

20 July 2017 18:16

So Vince Cable is now the new Lib Dem leader, after no-else opposed the 74-year-old Twickenham MP for the party’s…

Is Vince Cable really an economic guru?

20 July 2017 11:43

Who has the most over-inflated reputation in British politics? Theresa May’s air of calculating caution is long gone, no one…

Could Vince Cable be the Lib Dems’ answer to Jeremy Corbyn?

20 June 2017 11:33

There was a time when progressives thought that politics had become too much of an old boys’ club. In the place of…

Embracing liberal Christianity can lead the Lib Dems out of irrelevance

15 June 2017 11:40

In a sense it was the Liberal Democrats who did worst in this odd election. For the point of this…

Jo Swinson favourite to be new Lib Dem leader as Tim Farron quits

14 June 2017 19:09

After a fairly disastrous general election campaign, Tim Farron has quit as leader of the Liberal Democrats. You can see why: he wanted…

Why I’m voting Liberal Democrat for the first time today

8 June 2017 8:06

From a very early age I’ve been put off by sanctimoniousness; it’s why, I think, I’ve never been attracted to…

Have the Lib Dems learned the wrong lesson from the SNP?

19 May 2017 14:33

That the Tories would enjoy this general election campaign and Labour would spend it alternating between abject misery and total…